MORCHARD Bishop is set to mark the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings. 

At 8am on the morning of Thursday, June 6, the national proclamation will be read at the war memorial cross in the village. 

Later, from 6.45pm, there will be a barbecue in the school playground, accompanied by the sound of church bells ringing. 

At 9.10pm, the international tribute will be read before the beacon is lit from St Mary’s Church tower at 9.15pm. 

The beacon will be lit at the same time as others across the UK and on the continent. 

D-Day was the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6 1944 during the Second World War. It is the largest amphibious invasion in history. 

This year, 2024, marks 80 years since the invasion. 

Morchard Bishop is located around seven miles north-west of Crediton. It has a population of 975.